• 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia QV Carabinieri

The newest Italian performance car to get police livery

The supercar market has been booming for a while now, so it wasn’t really surprising when we started seeing supercars turned into cop cars. It’s happened a number of times over the years, giving wealthy police departments access to cars like the Maserati GranCabrio Politie and nearly the entire lineup from Lamborghini, with the most recent being the Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Polizia (that sure didn’t take long, either.) The point I’m trying to make here is that there are plenty of performance cars rocking police livery. As it turns out, the list of performance-based police cars has just gotten a little longer with the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV being the newest model to make the conversion.

Surprisingly, however, the QV Carabinieri isn’t going to be used as a traditional cop car. According to the recent press release from Alfa Romeo, a total of two models have been converted and will be primarily used to transport things like organs or blood during medical emergencies. Outside of that, its duty will be to serve as an escort car during different police ceremonies. Even with that being the case, the Giulia Carabinieri will still be decked out with all the latest and greatest police gear.

That said, it may not be chasing around criminals anytime soon, but it will have the gear to do the job if need be. So, let’s go ahead and take a closer look at the Giulia QV Carabinieri and what went into making the conversion.

Continue reading to learn more about the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV Carabinieri

What Makes The Alfa Romeo Giulia QV Carabinieri Special

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On the outside, there isn’t a lot of difference between the Giulia QV and the Carabinieri version. The car features the same fascia and body design as the production car. There have been new LED flashers added at the top of the innermost vents on the fascia. Furthermore, the traditional police-issued LED light bar has been added to the roof. Other than that, the big news on the exterior is the police livery. There is a red stripe on each side of the hood that comes to a point before shooting outward along the top edge of the headlight. Plus, the word “Carabinieri” is written along the forward edge of the hood in white lettering.

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On the sides, Alfa Romero added a double red stripe that runs from the rear to the front. Those stripes eventually merge and come to a point on the fender, just before the headlight lens. Down below, the “Carabinieri” logo has been split between the front and rear doors with the police department logo at the end. To the rear, there is very little to talk about. Two small, blue LED flashers have been added to the rear decklid on either side of the license plate recess, and the “Carabinieri” logo has been applied to the rear glass just below the roof. Obviously, the livery is there to perform a simple purpose, and it does exactly that.

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On the inside, there isn’t anything super special to discuss. It does get the standard police equipment like preparation for a radio system, portable cooling units, and a defibrillator. There is what appears to be a Samsung Galaxy Tablet installed on the passenger side of the dash, presumably for the Odin system the police department uses on the fly. There is also an LED flashlight installed to the armrest of the front doors, providing easy access to officers if they happen to need supplemental light. The press release that accompanied the debut of the special QV’s were said to support the storage of a long gun in the cockpit however, the pictures don’t lend any hints as to where it would be located. As you can see from the included images, those are the only few differences between the police department rig and the production QV.

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Here in the U.S., police cars are sometimes tuned to deliver more power than the production models they are based from, but Alfa Romeo has remained silent on whether or not the QV Carabinieri got any “special” tuning before delivery. That said, let’s be real about it – the Giulia QV isn’t exactly an underpowered slug. Even if it isn’t tuned, that 2.9-liter BiTurbo engine delivers 510 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. So, even without tuning the organ racer can still hit 62 mph in 3.9 seconds while achieving a decent fuel economy on top of it. From the look of things, the car also comes with the six-speed manual transmission, so the badged man behind the wheel gets to row his own gears too.

For what it’s worth, the police department isn’t just going to throw just any donut-eater into the driver’s seat and hope nothing bad happens with all that power on tap. Instead, a certain number of officers will be specifically picked and trained by Alfa Romeo instructors on the Circuit of Varano de Melegari before they get to officially take the helm in the real world.

Alfa Romeo Giulia QV

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When Alfa Romeo announced that it was bringing back the Giulia name we were extremely excited, but it got even better when we found out that the new sedan would also be rear wheel drive. Just when we thought things couldn’t get any better, Alfa Romeo decided to take on its German rivals and make a high-performance version of the Giulia called the Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde. Aimed at vehicles like the 2016 BMW M3 and the Mercedes-AMG C63, the Giulia QV is more powerful with 510 ponies and lighter to boot. As of the time of this writing, the QV starts out at €79,000 – about $89,000 at current exchange rates. Here in the U.S., it starts out at $70,000.

Read our full review on the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV here.

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Press Release

In the morning, in Rome, inside the park of the General Command of the Carabinieri, in the presence of Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, the Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti, the Commanding General Tullio Del Sette, the Chairman of the FCA group John Elkann, the Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne, the COO of EMEA Region Alfredo Altavilla, and the top of the state Major of Carabinieri, were presented two models of Alfa Romeo Giulia Nuova Quadrifoglio with institutional livery.

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The two new cars will be used in Rome and Milan for special operations such as transporting organs and blood, as well as for escort services at institutional ceremonies. Among the specific equipment includes a defibrillator, special portable cooling units, radio preparation, Odin system, emergency additional devices, brings long weapon and rechargeable LED torches placed in the cockpit.

To get to know the features of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, the FCA group will ensure a small number of policemen, selected directly from the gun, a safe driving course at the circuit of Varano de Melegari, edited by Alfa Romeo instructors .

New Giulia, in the top version of the legendary Quadrifoglio distinguished range, represents the new Alfa Romeo paradigm and confirms those qualities that have always belonged to the Alfa Romeo DNA: distinctly Italian design, performance and innovative engines, perfect weight distribution, exceptional weight ratio / power and unique and exclusive technical solutions.

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Equipped with the new 2.9 BiTurbo engine petrol 510 hp - All aluminum and techniques inspired by technology and skills Ferrari - New Giulia Quadrifoglio ensures outstanding performance: top speed of 307 km / h, acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in just 3.9 seconds and a maximum torque of 600 Nm. by the way, although the values ​​of power and torque are sensational, the 2.9 BiTurbo petrol "six-cylinder" is best in class in emissions (198 g / km of CO 2 with 6-speed manual gearbox) and is surprisingly fuel efficient, thanks to the deactivation of electronically controlled cylinder system.

At the official ceremony, along with the New Giulia Quadrifoglio, they were exposed several models of the FCA range - Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Jeep Renegade - which will be delivered (800 units) in the course of 2016 and will be configured according to the needs of the Force for control of territory .

The guests attending were then able to admire a historical example of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Super Seventies, concrete evidence of the strong link between Alfa Romeo and the Carabinieri which has its roots in the Second World War when all of the "Gazelles" had the mark Alfa grille on, starting with the Giulietta and its direct descendant, the Giulia. The latter in particular, was the car that in the 70 proposed vanguard conceptions managing to combine excellent performance motor with high reliability qualities. The well was integrated car in the structural design of renewal of the Force, supplemented by the latest radio-telephones connected to the Operations Centre, which constituted the pride of the General Command. The medium was used from 1963 to 1968.

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Since then the partnership between the Corps and Alfa Romeo has continued over the years with more and more aggressive and reliable cars: Alfa Romeo Alfetta, Alfa Romeo 90, Alfa Romeo 75 Alfa Romeo 155, the Alfa Romeo 156 Alfa Romeo 159, arriving until today at the New Giulia Quadrifoglio, a symbol of the excellent technological know-how and the best creative spirit of our country.

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